Producer: WayVine Winery & Vineyard
Region: Pennsylvania 
Blend: 100% Carmine
ABV: 14%
Price: $33*

* Review sample provided by the winery

WayVine Winery & Vineyard 2016 Carmine

WayVine Winery & Vineyard 2016 Carmine

90 points

This cross of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and carignan was released in the 1960s by viticulturist and plant geneticist Dr. Harold Olmo at the University of California at Davis. Though intended to be a cabernet stand-in for cooler parts of California, it didn't take off there. Instead, you'll find it in states like Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.

There is a smoky edge to the nose with deek dark fruit qualities – blueberry and currant – as well as notes of mint and root beer.

The palate is juicy and plump without being heavy. Ripe dark fruits, including blueberry, currant and black plum, are layered with hints of herb and savory smoke. There is a nice combination of grippy tannins and fresh acidity here.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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